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The Last Supper, 1498 (post-restoration) (detail)

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The Mystery of Jesus Christ and the 'False Messiah'
The word "mystery" (Gr. mystirion) is a key word in Christianity. It appears in the New Testament 22 times in the singular and 5 times in the plural. The following verses indicate that Christianity was established as a mystery religion. "they [the deacons] must hold fast to the mystery of the faith ..."—1Timothy 3:9 (NRSV) "The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven."—Luke 8:10 (NRSV) "... the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God ..."—Ephesians 3:9 (KJV) "This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to read more
A View of the Ruins of the Library at Ephesus
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The Persian influence of Zoraster and Mithra
No understanding of the Mithraic myth would be possible without first understanding Persian Zorastrianism. According to E. W. West's translation of the "Gathas" (psalms), Zoraster lived from 660-583 BCE, although this is uncertain. The earliest scriptures are known as the "Avesta",which consists of the "Gathas" (psalms), Venidad (laws), and the "Yasts" (liturgies). During the Arsacid and Sassanian dynasties another literature emerged known simply as the "Pahlavi Texts." read more
Dead Sea, Israel
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The Story of Yeshu and the Essene Teacher of Righteousness
From studying manuscripts found among the 'Dead Sea Scrolls,' author Martin A. Larson in his epic book "The Story of Christian Origins" follows the development of the Jewish Essene community from the time of the formation of the Zadokites, later known as the Chasidim who along with the Sadducee called themselves the 'Sons of Zadok.' The Sadducee denied the existence of providence and believed in free will while the Pharisee which became one of two sects split off from the Chasidim, the other being the Essene, believed in determinism. It was the Chasidim read more
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Pythagoras and the Pagan Mystery Religions
To fully understand the Essene and their Teacher, you have to at least have an idea of the life and teachings of Pythagoras. Most people view Pythagoras as someone whose only role in life was to torment them in high school geometry with his famous theorem which bears his name. Few people are aware that Pythagoras, was also a religious and ethical teacher, and could very well have been the real Jesus Christ. At least, most of the gospel teachings of Jesus originated with him which stands as a clear indication of their Essene roots. Pythagoras was expelled read more
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The 'Son of Man' Prophesy
After the death of the Teacher, rumors began to spread among the Essene community that the Teacher would return, in 30-40 years, as the 'Son of Man' to gain revenge against the Jews for his brutal death. But, by 25 CE the arrival of the Essene Messiah was a half century overdue. It was during this time frame that the new Elijah, John the Baptist was active in the vicinity of the Jordan River. It was also during this waiting period that first the Zealots and later the Sicarii rose up probably out of the Essene community who had lost patience waiting for their Messiah. read more
The School of Athens, c. 1511
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The Greco-Roman Plot Unfolds
The curtain rises with Jesus (Beni-Amin also known as Amin-il) working in the Temple with the priests when it is announced that a dream has foretold the birth of the prophet John (the Baptist). This is important for according to the gospel accounts John was older than Jesus, but only by a few months. This was altered in the scriptures so that John could be made to announce the coming of Jesus. The most accepted date for the birth of Jesus is usually that listed in Matthew 4 BCE. However, that date does not work. In order for Jesus to be the Messiah he must be the oldest read more
There Is No Way to Happiness
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The Silence of Josephus
Now, it has often been noted that Josephus doesn't mention anything about Jesus or his ministry except for the quote in the final chapter of "Antiquities." It is also notable that Josephus is fairly moot for the dozen or so years prior to and after the crucifixion. This lack of historical corroboration has led many to believe that Jesus was just some obscure itinerrant preacher which strongly contradicts the gospel accounts. Besides, one of Josephus' favorite topics is talking about the Hasmonean family of read more

The Nativity
The Nativity
Gerrit van...
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The Birth Date of Jesus
The gospel of Mark, often considered the first written, is moot as to when Jesus was born. The gospel of John asserts that Jesus is the word and existed since the beginning of creation. Both of these gospels seem to represent the Hellenized Pauline Gnostic interpretation of Jesus Christ. This is the same position taken by Paul in the epistles. Neither of these gospels necessarily infer that Jesus was a real flesh and blood person, although John does state, probably an Orthodox addition, that the faithful must believe in a real living flesh read more
Remains of Rievaulx Abbey Built in 13th Century, England
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Jesus in Glastonbury
It is more than coincidence that the raid on Sepphoris occurred at around the time that coincides with the start of the missing years of Jesus in the gospels. Jesus is supposed to have landed in England according to the Jesus in Cornwall tradition. The House of God in the great Monastery of Glastonbury, called the Secret of the Lord, is recorded in the Doomsday Book (1088 C.E.). Traditionally, the twelve Hides of Land of the Church of Glastonbury, descend from an original grant given Joseph of Arimathaea, by King Arviragus (10 C.E.-74 C.E.), in the read more
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
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Problems with the 'Bible Fraud' Timeline
According to author Tony Bushby Jesus and Judas were the illegitimate twins of Miriamne Herod III, the granddaughter of Miriamne Herod I and Herod the Great. Miriamne was the younger sister of Herodias who was born c 15 BCE. This means that Miriamne must have been born no earlier than 14 BCE. Miriamne is the Hebrew form of Mary. It is believed that Mary was only 15 at the time she gave birth. Since John the Baptist was only several months older than Jesus, this would mean that Archelaus called John in for a sit down when he was only 6 years read more
Wailing Wall, Western Wall and Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem, Israel
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Michele Falzone
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The Temple Prophesy in Mark and Matthew
"...Titus Flavius fulfilled all of Jesus' doomsday prophesies....the parallels between the description of Titus' campaign in the "War of the Jews" and Jesus' prophesies caused early church scholars to believe that Christ had seen into the future.—Joseph Atwill, "Caesar's Messiah"

Here is the Mark temple prophesy:

13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what read more
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Who Actually Made the Temple Prophesy?
Although it may seem like a slam dunk that Daniel is the source of the temple prophesy, a careful reading of Josephus shows that he was very concerned with the timing of the prophesy and actual events. It is most likely that Josephus manipulated his timeline of events to coincide with the scripture, so that someone reading these manuscripts today is impressed by the accuracy of the prophesy. While Daniel lived during the Babylonian Captivity, it is known that the book was actually written 167-164 BCE, and that the prophesies were actually added by read more
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Who Was the Real Paul?
The little that we know about the life of Paul comes not from his epsitles, but from Acts, particularly the latter portions not believed to have been written by the author of Luke. However, this is one of the most heavily redacted scriptures in the New Testament and is not always in agreement with the epistles as to the whereabouts of Paul. It also depicts Paul as a more mild mannered team player rather than the fiery individualistic evangelist depicted in the epistles. The early chapters are primarily centered around the original surviving 11 Apostles in particular read more
View of the Roman Temple of Diana Illuminated at Dusk
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Paul, Student of Gamaliel?
"if it be of men, it will come to naught, but if it be of God, ye will not be able to overthrow it; lest perhaps ye be found even to fight against God".—Gamaliel the Elder

The Apostle Paul's claim to having studied at the feet of Pharisaic Jewish Rabbi Gamaliel fails the test of common sense. Gamaliel was, during his lifetime, the most revered member and possibly Nasi of the Sanhedrin. On the other hand Paul was someone who used the Greek Septuagint and not the Hebrew scriptures as the source for his writings. Most important, however, is the fact that Jesus (Yeshai) read more
Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus Roman Emperor
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The Pisonian Conspiracy
It was now the middle of the first century and the Romans had grown tired of the Jews and the numerous riots springing up between the various religious factions throughout the empire. More and more people in the empire were converting to Judaism, and not just any form of Judaism, but the most dangerous kind "Messianic Judaism" or joining the Nazorean sect. Members of the powerful Piso family were convinced that the way to stem the violence was to create a new peaceful Jewish religion. They presented their idea to Nero, but it was rejected. Lucius read more
Bust of the Emperor Vespasian, 1st Century
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The Coming of Vespasian
There are many rumors of Jesus visiting India or England and there is good reason for this, because both areas were not under the control of the Romans. While Jesus may have visited India as a teenager, it is almost certain that he visited England. The Jesus in India rumors are bolstered by the fact that Apollonius visited India twice. However, the sovereignty of England was about to change. Under the rule of Claudius the Romans successfully invaded England, in 43 CE, and set up a base for deeper incursions into the British Isles. During this campaign a young read more
Catacombs of San Calixto in Rome, Illustration from the Album 'Rome Dans Sa Grandeur', 1870
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Archaelogical Evidence
The catacomb research of Eisler has shown that early Christians were unaware of the existence of a man named Jesus. In his work "Orpheus the Fisher," Eisler shows that there are no depictions of either Jesus, the cross or the crucifixion. The leader of the sect is depicted as a vegetarian favoring the abolition of animal sacrifice and a friend of animals, either under a fig tree, or playing his lyre surrounded by animals, or as the Good Shepherd carrying a lamb around his neck. These depictions are consistent with the vegetarian non alcohol drinking Apollonius and read more
Confucius Says
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The Mandaean Gnostic Texts
While it is notable that there exist many references to a 'False Messiah' in the early Gnostic texts of the Mandaeans (Nazoreans), none of these ever refer to him as Jesus or Jesus Christ. It is also quite possible that this 'False Messiah' is a fictitious person created by an individual whose name has been eradicated from the text.

In the ancient Book of Miryai, we are told that Miryai was the daughter of the Jewish High Priest who ran away with the leader of the read more
Midsummer Night's Dream
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Jesus the Stranger
According to author Tony Bushby in "The Bible Fraud: An Untold Story of Jesus Christ" The British Chronicles record that King Tenvantius was the father of a man called Cunobeline, who was absorbed into the family by marriage. The name means cuno- 'hound' and 'Belenos' (the god) Belenus (also Belenos) was the Celtic sun god. The word 'British' actually means 'Covenant man.' He identifies this person as Rabbi Jesus. Wikipedia describes Cunobeline as a late 1st century BC - 40s AD historical king in pre-Roman Britain. His life is comemorated by references by read more
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Jesus' Fraudulent Ministry
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read....The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."—Luke 4:16-19. Thus begins the ministry of Jesus Christ except for one tiny problem. There was no read more
Christ on the Cross, circa 1630
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The Crucifixion
The common idea that Jesus was crucified at age 30 comes from early dating errors. Originally, according to the Gregorian calendar Jesus was supposed to have been born in the year 1 with BC meaning Before Christ and AD meaning Anno Domini (year of our Lord), there is no year 0. It was taught that Jesus started his ministry at age 30 and died that same year. Hence 30 or 31 has long been the assumed date of the crucifixion. However, a dating error by a 6th century monk, named Dionysius Exiguus, who lacked astronomical data, has thrown the read more
Houdini: The World's Handcuff King and Prison Breaker
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Apollonius of Tyana Equated with Both Paul and Jesus
We must always keep in mind that the scriptural accounts are the works of the authors and do not necessarily reperesent true events. Hence it would be possible for the author, especially if that person were Paul himself, to have twisted the truth. Hence, the story of the savior's youth is taken from accounts from either the life of Yeshai and his sibling John, or the Essene Teacher, but all the events starting with the baptism of Jesus represent events from the life of Paul or Apollonius. While Paul makes claims of a miraculous baptism on the road read more
The Apostle Paul, by Matvei Vasilievich Vasiliev, 1769
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Just Who Was Crucified?
Just who was it who died on the cross? Although Paul spends much verbiage talking about Jesus Christ, it becomes obvious that his Jesus Christ is not based on Jesus of Nazareth, but on the esoteric primal man. So, who actually died on the cross. Well, according to Paul it was he, Paul! "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? "—1Corintians 1:12-13. He seems to be saying Paul makes claims of a miraculous baptism on the road to read more
Magician's Tricks
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Simon the Magician
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed read more
A Rabbi
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Jesus in the Talmud
In the Jewish writings, Jesus is believed to be equated with Balaam of Genesis: "Woe unto him who maketh himself alive by the name of God....A sectarian said to R. Chanina: Do you know how old Balaam was? [R. Chanina] replied: It is not written. However, since it says (Psalms 55:24) "Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days..." he was 33 or 34. [The heretic] said: You said well. I have seen the chronicle of Balaam and it said "At 33 years Balaam the lame was killed by Pinchas (Phineas) the robber."—Sanhedrin 106b. This quote in particular seems read more
Dramatic Close Up of Man's Hand Turning the Leaves of Large Bible
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Behind the Theology of Simon and Apollonius
The writings that we find attributed to Apollonius are precisely the types of works that you would expect to find coming from the pen of Simon and those works attributed to Simon reflect an Oriental theology that you would expect from Apollonius. From Arab sources we find: "They attribute to Apollonius "Risalah fi Tat'hir al-RuHaniyyat fi al-Markabat," a work that treats of the influence of pneumatic agencies in the world of sense, and which also deals with talismans."—JE. In this case pneumatic means spiritual and talismans comes from the read more
Comet Hale-Bopp Seen Above the Ancient Stone Circle of Stonehenge
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The Balaam Prophesy and Roman Admissions to the Conspiracy
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star shall come out of Jacob and a scepter will rise out of Israel. It shall crush the foreheads of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. Edom shall be dispossessed."–Numbers 24.17-19

Most likely originally a reference to King Josiah, this text came to be interpreted as a prediction of the coming of the Messiah, as can be seen in the Testament of Judah.

"And after this there shall arise for you a star from Jacob in peace. And a man shall arise from my posterity like the read more
Crucifixion of St. Peter
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Peter, First Pope?
The pagan priests of the mystery religions were called PATORS or PETERS. It is clearly stated by Josephus that Simon/Peter was crucified along with his brother James the Great in 47 CE. "And besides this, the sons of Judas of Galilee were now slain; I mean of that Judas who caused the people to revolt, when Cyrenius came to take an account of the estates of the Jews, as we have showed in a foregoing book. The names of those sons were James and Simon, whom Alexander commanded to be crucified…"—Jewish Antiquities, XX: 5.2. Peter the First Pope? read more
Mick Jagger
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Gospel Inconsistencies and The AntiChrist
That there would be discrepancies in independent accounts of the life and passion of Jesus is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is that between the Fourth Gospel and the Synoptics there is almost no agreement. The genealogies which were added later to Matthew and Luke, to give credence to Jesus' Messianic claims, are not the same as you would expect if you were talking about the same person. There is also no agreement among the Synoptics concerning the birth or resurrection of Jesus. However, between the time of the baptism and the empty read more
Christmas Tree
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Christianity was not created by a person named Jesus Christ. Since the religion of Yeshai had been in existence for many years, there was no reason for him to sacrifice his life to become the soter figure of a new order. The Essene already had a soter figure, 'The Essene Teacher of Righteousness." Neither did the Nazoreans have any reason to create a new religious order, nor obviously did the Jews. And, as we have shown, there were no Apostles. However, we know that the Romans were intent on creating a new Jewish like religion for the read more
The Three Marys at the Tomb
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The Empty Tomb Narrative
"Jesus...cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone....he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go ."-John 11:39-43

"Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that read more
A Battle Scene, 1653
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Acts of the Apostles
There exists no more compelling document supporting the validity of the Christian religion than the book of Acts. While there are many various criticisms concerning both the gospels and the Pauline Epistles, there seems to be little if any argument as to the authenticity and dating of the fifth book in the New Testament commonly referred to as 'Acts of the Apostles.' It is rarely disputed that this manuscript dates from somewhere between 62 and 90 CE. These dates are rarely disputed. The events that help crytallize this dating is the fact that neither read more
Don Quixote, c.1955
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Paul, the Apostle
Paul writes that after his miraculous conversion on the road to Damascus, he did not visit Jerusalem until after three years had passed. "three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas [Peter], and stayed with him fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord's brother"-Galatians 1:18-19.

On Paul's second trip to Jerusalem he stayed with Peter and met with James, the 'brother' of Jesus. After spending 15 days read more
Battle of the Pyramids, 21st July 1798, Detail of the Rout of the Mameluke Cavaliers, 1806
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Blessed Apostles
After the death of Herod the Great in 4 BCE there arose a great number of disturbances, and pretenders to the throne. In Idumea two thousand of Herod's veteran soldiers got together, and fought against those of the king's party; against whom Achiabus, the king's first cousin, fought, and that out of some of the places that were the most strongly fortified; but so as to avoid a direct conflict with them in the plains.

"There was also Judas, the son of that Hezekias who had been head of the robbers; which Hezekias was a very strong man, and had with great dificulty read more
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This seems like a plausible statement from the Gospel according to Matthew. Yet, religious scholars have searched the Old Testament with a fine tooth comb and have never unearthed this prophesy. At least we know that he was called a Nazarene because he must have lived in a city called Nazareth. Let us see what Christian scholars have to say about that:

"If our reasoning is correct, they [the Essenes] were not left out [of the Gospels], but appeared under the name read more